Which shrubs grow well in dry sites?


Which shrubs grow well in dry sites?


Deciduous shrubs that grow well in dry locations include,

  • Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa)*
  • Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)+
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)*
  • Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)+
  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)
  • Siberian Peashrub (Caragana arborescens)
  • White Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)*
  • American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)+
  • Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria)
  • Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)
  • Hedge Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus)
  • Quince (Cydonia oblonga)
  • Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
  • Shrubby St. Johnswort (Hypericum prolificum)+
  • Juniper (Juniperus)**
  • Beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)
  • Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)
  • Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium)*
  • Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)*
  • Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)+
  • Pine (Pinus)**
  • Bush Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)+
  • Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)+
  • Alpine Currant (Ribes alpinum)
  • Rose (Rosa)**
  • Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)+
  • Silver Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea)+
  • Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica),
  • Vanhoutte Spirea (Spiraea x vanhouttei),
  • Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus)+
  • Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)

* Native to parts of North America
** Some species native to parts of North America
+ Native to North America, including parts of Iowa

Reference: Tolerance to shade, drought, and waterlogging of temperate Northern Hemisphere trees and shrubs

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